mystery play

  1. a medieval dramatic form based on a Biblical story, usually dealing with the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

Origin of mystery play

First recorded in 1850–55

Words Nearby mystery play Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mystery play in a sentence

  • It was treated solemnly, dreamily, phlegmatically, as a sort of cross between Maeterlinck and a 'mystery play.'

    Oscar Wilde | Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  • Davie responded that it was like a pasteboard town in a mystery play, and that he longed to strike at it with his good broadsword.

    Two Penniless Princesses | Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The Spaniards also developed a new form of the mystery play,—the autos sacramentales.

    Folkways | William Graham Sumner
  • A most ingenious mystery play worked out, however, in terms of modern theatrical realism.

    Class of '29 | Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
  • This crowd had been waiting since daybreak for three things: noonday, the embassy from Flanders, the mystery play.

    Notre-Dame de Paris | Victor Hugo

British Dictionary definitions for mystery play

mystery play

  1. (in the Middle Ages) a type of drama based on the life of Christ: Compare miracle play

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